Frances Tour Biography (1944-)

Born July 30, 1944, in Bovington, Hertsfordshire, England; daughter of Charles and Moyra (Fessas) De La Tour; married Tom Kempinski (a playwright); children: one son, one daughter. Career: Actress. Awards, Honors: Plays and Players Award, best supporting actress, 1973, for Small Craft Warnings; Olivier Award, best performance by an actress in a new play,New Standard Award, best actress, and Drama Award, best performance byan actress, all 1980, for Duet for One; New Standard British Film Award, best actress, 1980, for Rising Damp; Olivier Award, best actress, 1983, for A Moon for the Misbegotten. Addresses: Agent:Penny Wesson, London Management, 235 Regent St., London W1, England.

Nationality
English
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
July 30, 1944
Bovington, Hertsfordshire, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Beggar, Timon of Athens, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1965
  • School superintendent's wife, The Government Inspector, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, England, 1966
  • Alice, Henry V, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1966
  • Widow/Nicholas, The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1967then Los Angeles, CA, 1967
  • Audrey, As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1967then Los Angeles, CA, 1967
  • Miss Hoyden, The Relapse, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1967-68
  • Doris, Dutch Uncle, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1969
  • Helen, Dr. Faustus, Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatregoround, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1970
  • Player queen, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre,1971
  • Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
  • Belinda, The Man of Mode, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
  • Rosine, The Balcony, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1971
  • Milly, High Time, Hampstead Theatre, London, England, 1972
  • Violet, Small Craft Warnings, Hampstead Theatre, 1973later ComedyTheatre, London, England, 1973
  • Ruth Jones, The Banana Box, Hampstead Theatre, 1973later Apollo Theatre, London, England, 1973
  • Charlotte, The Vegetable, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, England, 1975
  • Rosalind, As You Like It, Oxford Playhouse, 1975
  • Isabella, The White Devil, Old Vic Theatre, London, England, 1976
  • Sophie Baines, Singles, Greenwich Theatre, London, England, 1977
  • Else Jost, Laughter!, Royal Court Theatre, London, England, 1978
  • Antonia, We Can't Pay? We Won't Pay, Half Moon Theatre, London, England, 1978
  • Mum, Wheelchair Willie, Royal Court Theatre, 1978
  • Kate Lister, Daughters of Men, Hampstead Theatre, 1979
  • Eleanor Marx, Landscape of Exile, Half Moon Theatre, 1979
  • Title role, Hamlet, New Half Moon Theatre, London, England, 1980
  • Stephanie, Duet for One, Bush Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre,both London, England, 1980
  • Jean, Skirmishes, Hampstead Theatre, 1982
  • Judi Dench, "A Kind of Alaska," Three Plays by Harold Pinter (triple-bill with two other plays), National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, London, England, 1982
  • Sonya, Uncle Vanya, Haymarket Theatre Royal, London, England, 1982
  • Josie, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Riverside Studios, then MermaidTheatre, both London, England, 1983
  • Glengarry Glen Ross, National Theatre, London, England, 1984
  • Title role (Joan of Arc), Saint Joan, National Theatre, 1984
  • Dance of Death, Riverside Studios, 1985
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs, National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, England, 1986
  • Title role (Lillian Hellman), Lillian, Lyric Theatre, London, England, 1986then Fortune Theatre, London, England, 1987
  • Edith Sitwell, Facades, Lyric Theatre, 1988
  • Sonya and Masha, Chekov's Women (selected scenes from Anton Chekov's plays), Lyric (Hammersmith) Theatre, London, England, 1989
  • Regan, King Lear, Old Vic Theatre, 1989
  • Arkadina, Ranyevskaya, and Olga Knipper, Chekhov's Women (selectedscenes from Anton Chekov's plays), 1990
  • Miss Belzer, When She Danced, Globe Theatre, London, England, 1991
  • Yoko Sitsuki, Greasepaint, Lyric (Hammersmith) Theatre, 1993
  • Elinor, Blinded by the Sun, National Theatre, 1996
  • Major Tours
  • Widow/Nicholas, The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967
  • Audrey, As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967
  • Player queen, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, U.S. cities, 1971
  • Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, U.S.cities, 1971
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Miss Jones, Rising Damp, Yorkshire Television, 1974-78
  • A Cottage to Let, BBC, 1976
  • Every Silver Lining, BBC, 1993
  • Downwardly Mobile, [Great Britain], 1994
  • Miniseries
  • Maud Cole, Flickers, Associated Television, 1980broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1982
  • Millie Renfrew, Ellis Island, CBS, 1984
  • Emma Porlock, Cold Lazarus, Bravo, 1996
  • Aunt Western, Henry Fielding's Tom Jones (also known as Tom Jones and The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Movies
  • All Good Men, 1974
  • Miss Bellaver, Murder with Mirrors (also known as Agatha Christie's Murder with Mirrors), CBS, 1985
  • A Kind of Living, BBC, 1987
  • Mrs. DeVere, Strike It Rich (also known as Loser Takes Alland Money Talks), BBC, 1989
  • Beatrice, "Bejewelled," The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1991
  • Dr. Helga Feuchtwanger, Genghis Cohn, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Also appeared in Housewives' Choice.
  • Specials
  • Skirmishes, BBC, 1982
  • Duet for One, BBC, 1985
  • Appeared in Play for Today, BBC.
  • Episodic
  • Crimes of Passion, Associated Television, 1973
  • Paddy Bysouth, "One Jump Ahead," Stay Lucky, Yorkshire Television,1993
  • Appeared as Celia, "A Tale of the Unexpected," The Bounder, Yorkshire Television.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Mother, Clem, [Great Britain], 1987
  • Film Appearances
  • District nurse, Brotherly Love (also known as Country Dance), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Maud Crape, Every Home Should Have One (also known as Think Dirty), British Lion, 1970
  • Miss Lockhart, Our Miss Fred, Willis Worldwide, 1972
  • Salvation Army major, To the Devil a Daughter (also known as Child of Satan and Die Braut des Satans), EMI, 1976
  • Julia Frogmorton, Wombling Free, Rank, 1977
  • Miss Jones, Rising Damp (adapted from the television series), Black Lion Films, 1980
  • Salvation Army major, Time Bandits, American Embassy, 1981
  • Mrs. DeVere, Strike It Rich (adapted from the television movie; also known as Loser Takes All and Money Talks), Millimeter Films,1990

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • New Statesman, September 6, 1996, p. 39.
    • Plays and Players, October 6, 1991, .
    • Sunday Times April 2, 1989, (London)*

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